March/April 1998

With the publication of an epic, oeuvre-shifting new book, veteran novelist Russell Banks talks about the evolution of creative expression, the transformation of literature (his) to film, and what's to come in the sweet hereafter.


Mapping the Imagination: A Profile of Russell Banks

by Christine Benvenuto
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Russell Banks.

Flower Offerings in the Morning

by Robert Dana
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Dana reflects on the simple joys of living a literary life.

The Karpfinger Agency: Home is Where the Office Is

by Stanley E. Ely
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Literary agent Barney Karpfinger.

The Politics of a Feminist Retreat

by Anne Vilen
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Norcroft, a writing retreat for women.

Workshop This!

Workshop This! An Introduction

by Remy Holzer
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Debate over the efficacy of creative writing workshops.

Toward a More Open, Democratic Workshop

by Lex Williford
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Workshop dynamics: creating a "democratic" workshop.

Trying Voices on for Size: The Writers Studio

by Duncan Bock
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Phil Schultz's Writers Studio

Making the Cut: The Orange County Fictionaires

by Barbara DeMarco Barrett
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The Fictionaries of Orange County.

Starting in the Middle: Iowa After 40

by Gary Eller
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A student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop considers the advantage of age.

Thursdays: Writings from Prison

by Judith Azrael
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Workshop at a prison in California.

In Defense of Literature

by Amy Holman
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The Writers' Voice at YMCAs nationwide.

News and Trends

NEA Announces First Round of 1998 Funding

by Michael Dumiak
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NEA distributes $640,000 among 32 writers.

Graduate Students Launch New Magazine

by Mary Gannon
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University of Virginia MFA students launch Meridian magazine.

Highbrow Hijinks Promote Poetry and Beer

by Paul Perilli
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First annual poetry Olympics held at the Brooklyn Brewery.

"Book Doctor" Charged with Fraud

by Theresa Kimm
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